LONDON: Welsh police arrested four people and were combing the grounds of a stable outside the capital city, Cardiff, Tuesday, hunting for a body in a long-running slavery investigation.
Gwent Police said in a statement that more than 100 officers were involved in searches at the yard, as well as an apartment in Cardiff and a house in the small Welsh village of Penhow.
The force said it was acting on suspicion that people were being kept in poor conditions “and forced to work for no pay.” Police said that an unnamed man – believed to be a Polish national – was recovered from the site Monday and was being assessed by police and British Red Cross personnel.
There were few other details why police believed a body might be hidden somewhere in the area.
Police said that the investigation was sparked by the discovery of a man who was found living “in very poor conditions” on the site earlier this year.
WalesOnline identified the man as Darrell Simester, who disappeared after an argument with friends 13 years ago. The paper described Simester as vulnerable and timid and said his family received a call from two men several days after he went missing saying that he was “working on the roads” with them.